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Earliest Known Sound Recording Discovered

Thomas Edison has long been credited for the invention of sound recording, thanks to his phonograph. However, researchers have recently discovered a a 10-second recording that was created 17 years before the phonograph was invented. It is believed to be history's earliest recording of sound.

The Artificial Albatross - History of an Early Flying Machine

History is littered with attempts at aviation, performed by people eager to soar as high and as gracefully as birds. One flying machine was inspired by birds so much that its inventor named his creation after one. L'Albatros artificiel, or the Artificial Albatross, was a glider invented by Jean-Marie Le Bris in 1856.

The 5 Tackiest Invention Ideas for Easter Ever!

There is no religious holiday of more importance to a Christian than Easter. To this end, some inventors wish to provide believers with helpful symbols and trinkets to assist or focus their faith. Then there are the others: inventors who capitalize on - exploit? - this kind of solemnity with their own particular tacky take on the holiday. In my opinion, the following patents illustrate this point exactly. What do you think?

New Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF5.0 Redefines a Camera Classic

The original Rolleiflex twin-lens 6x6 camera was a photographer's dream come true when it was first introduced in 1929, and Rollei still makes a similar camera today. Leave it to Japan's Komomura Corp., however, to pay tribute to the Rollei 6x6 by creating a 5 megapixel mini digital version that takes the concept of "retro cute" to a new level.

The Newseum is Big News

It's big news in Washington DC- the opening of the $450 million Newseum. Just over a month remains before show time when the doors to the 250,000 square foot museum open to the public.

Opera and Beer Cans Make “Green” Gown

This year, in celebration of St. Patrick’s day, I wish to introduce the talented and hardworking artists, Nikos Floros. Nikos Flores took more than 5 years to create the beautiful works of art in the pictures above and below out of recycled beer cans. The most amazing thing about it is that he made them by hand.

Need This? Office Ejector Seat

Pulling parts from old World War II planes? Call it art and you can charge what you like!

Great Invention Idea? The Most Practical St. Patrick's Day Accessory Ever!

This year, if you plan to mark St. Patrick's Day in the usual way, that is, somewhere other than church, then I've found the perfect accessory for you.

The Crossword Puzzle: A Wordy History

It's rare today to open a newspaper or visit an airport book store without encountering the omnipresent crossword puzzle. Ranging in skill level from easy to unbelievable genius, the crossword puzzle is arguably the world's most popular word game - a fate its inventor probably didn't consider.

The Paper Dress - History of a Ready to Tear Invention


The 1960s were a remarkable period in history for many reasons, and the invention of new fashion ideas was one of them. Some are still around today, such as the mini skirt, but there was one fad from the '60s that we may never see again - the paper dress.

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10 Teeth Ads You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into


From local dentists to chewing gum to whitening strips and major toothpaste brands, the message is clear: Take Care of Your Teeth! read more »

Great Invention Idea? Disguise for Baldness. (We've All Seen This One Before!)


Comb Hair to Conceal BaldnessComb Hair to Conceal Baldness

Today dear readers, I am turning my blog over to you. That's because I'm stumped. Is United States Patent 4022227 worthy of a patent? Do you consider this an invention? An innovation? Or did Frank and Donald Smith the "inventors" merely lay claim to something men have been doing for centuries? You decide; then let me know what you think. read more »

The Wonderbra: History of the Fifth Greatest Canadian Invention


Our Guest Blogger, Samantha Marcelo, is a freelance and fiction writer living in Calgary, Alberta. Samantha has a keen interest in all things history-related, and wanted to share some remarkable historical inventions with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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Last year, the CBC here in Canada asked its viewers to vote on the greatest Canadian invention of all time. Among the fifty items on the shortlist were the pacemaker, basketball and the alkaline battery. Yet, the item that ranked higher than all of those three was the humble Wonderbra. read more »

Stocks & Blondes... Japanese Women Style Their Hair to Suit the Times



A Japanese cosmetics company has noted a curious trend: the nation's women appear to choose their hairstyles based on the current economic outlook: going long in good times and cutting short when things turn bad. It would seem somewhat silly... if it weren't so accurate!
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What Will the World Look Like in 2100?


Here's a look back at the top engineering achievements of the 20th century, and the biggest engineering challenges of the 21st. read more »

Unexpected and Romantic: Hot Middle Eastern Valentine’s Getaways


This Valentine's Day, while others are surprising their lovers with routine island getaways, or for a lucky few, trips to romantic, and increasingly expensive Europe, wouldn't it be nice to rekindle your flame with a trip to an exotic destination?

The Nile (from WikiMedia)The Nile (from WikiMedia)


These vacation spots, some undiscovered by Americans, and others now on the beaten path, but no less intriguing, are guaranteed to make anyone other beg for more. read more »

The Greatest Canine Video Game Star Of All Time



Jake of "Dog's Life"Jake of "Dog's Life"

Who will it be? Hewie in "Haunting Ground ?" Jake in "Dog's Life ?" Raikou In the "Pokemon" Universe ?

Well, starting today, you can help the folks at MTV's Multiplayer choose the best dog or wolf (Multiplayer reminds you that both are canines.) in video gaming history!   What an opportunity! read more »

Clothes and Jewelry Made from Human Hair?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there were clothes made out of human hair would you wear it? How about hairy Jewelry? Some people wear things made out of wool, fur or leather. Is it really that out of the ordinary to use hair as a fabric? Take a look at the dresses below made from human hair. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Shaming Diet Dolls


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Valentine's Day is just around the corner and that means that once again you are confronted with a holiday that is likely to put a little extra meat on your bones. The irony of all this is that that extra meat on your bones often greatly decreases your chances of being someone's Valentine! So, what will you do if you've resolved not to eat any chocolates this coming Thursday? How about looking to the United States Patent Office for a couple of incentives to help you with your resolve? read more »

Japan's 'Crow' Model Airplane, Flying Since 1891



Airplanes have a long history in Japan, even predating the 1903 first manned flight by the Wright brothers. Over a decade earlier, Japanese aeronautical pioneer Chuhachi Ninomiya first launched his "Crow" unmanned airplane - models of the plane are still available for sale today!
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